April 20, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash - Adam Braidwood, a two-year starting defensive end at Washington State University, was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos with the first overall pick in the 2006 Canadian Football League Draft, Thursday. Braidwood was the only WSU player chosen in the six-round draft and is the second Cougar to be the top selection overall, joining former WSU defensive lineman Rob Meier, who was the top pick in the 1999 CFL Draft.
"It was a pretty wild day," said Braidwood, referring to the amount of media attention he received. "I suspected I would go in the Top Five from what I had been told, but didn't think I would go No. 1 overall. It was definitely a surprise, a good surprise."
In four years at WSU, Braidwood started 23 of 48 games, including all 22 games the past two seasons. He finished his Cougar career with 90 total tackles, 13.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He recorded a career-high eight tackles as a junior against Stanford (Oct. 16) then followed that performance with a six-tackle, three-sack effort the next week at Oregon State (Oct. 23).
This past season Braidwood registered 27 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks, which ranked him tied for eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference. He had a season-best six tackles in WSU's 55-21 win at Nevada, including 1.5 sacks. He also had two sacks against UCLA (Oct. 15).
"We are as excited as we can be for Adam," said WSU Defensive Coordinator Robb Akey. "To be the first player selected is an outstanding achievement and a testament to the work Adam put in this past year."
Braidwood will now wait for the NFL Draft, which will be held April 29-30, before making any future decision. "We'll see what happens with the NFL Draft," he said. "I still have hopes and expectations of playing in the NFL."